Essay Topic 1
Describe Andrey Tarkovsky's career in film. What drew the director to cinema? Where did he study? How many films did he produce?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the common themes and stylistic elements for which Tarkovsky is known. What themes recurred in the films discussed in class and in the text?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the letters Tarkovsky cites as his reasons for writing Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema. What was the common response to Tarkovsky's works?
Essay Topic 4
Describe the film, Ivan's Childhood. When was it produced? How long did the film take to shoot? What is the subject, plot and theme?
Essay Topic 5
Define the term "mise-en-scene" and discuss how it has been approached by different filmmakers. What is Tarkovsky's view on the cinematic mise-en-scene?
Essay Topic 6
Discuss Tarkovsky's view of the relationship between artist and audience. How does Tarkovsky feel the director should view...
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